For Participants

Visit the End of the Institute page for information about certificates of completion, grades, transcripts and other information about the end of the Institute.

Visit the Opening Weekend page for updated information about registration and events and the Important Info page for Linguistics Summer Institute Business Office hours and emergency contact information.

Important Dates

Click here for Registration, Add/Drop, and Grade Report dates.

  • June 1: registration deadline without late fee

  • June 15: registration ends and no more refunds will be allowed

  • June 20: last day to change registration info online (adding and dropping classes, changing grade options). After June 20, registration and grade changes must be done on a form available in the Institute Business Office.

  • June 28: last day for add/drop and grade type changes. Form available in the Institute Business Office.

  • July 5: T/Th classes will meet on Friday July 5 instead of Thursday July 4 in observance of Independence Day

  • July 18: certificates of completion available in business office

  • Aug 5: grades available online

  • Aug 15: PDF transcripts mailed

We plan to have tours of Institute-relevant campus sites running every hour on the hour from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday, June 23.


Checking out of Northwood
Check-out hours:   8am-2pm,  Friday, July 19-Thursday, July 25.
Express Check-out:  There will also be an express check-out box if you need to leave your key at some other time.
Thrift store van
The local PTO is sending a van to pick up any items Northwood residents wish to donate.  The van will come to the Cram Circle community center at 11 am, Friday, July 19.  A couple of Institute interns will be at the community center beginning at 9 to accept the donations.

Participants are welcome to reserve housing either on-campus or off-campus for the Institute. For those who want to reserve apartments on campus, click here to see the website put together specially for participants in the Linguistic Institute. This webpage also contains the link to register for on-campus housing. Please note: All reservations for on-campus housing MUST be made by June 3. The on-campus housing registration site will close after that date and no new registrations will be accepted. You can find Northwood Office hours and contact info here.

Participants who have elected on-campus housing will be assigned units in Northwood I and II. Northwood apartments include basic furnishings, but you will need to arrange for your own kitchen supplies. You may reference this list of suggested items before you pack, and please look over this excerpt from the Community Living at Michigan policy for a list of prohibited  and regulated items. Cleaning supplies will be available for borrowing.

Click here for a list of included furnishings.


  • Bed
  • Desk
  • Desktop organizer
  • Dresser
  • Dinette table and chair(s)
  • Couch (except Studios)
  • Coffee table (except Studios)
  • Window treatments
  • Computer data and telephone ports
  • Hardwired smoke detector
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Garbage disposal




University buses are free to participants. Service between Central Campus and the Northwood Housing areas on North Campus operates 7 days a week, year round, except for University holidays. See the Route Map and Schedule for more details. See this additional document for a list of weekend service gaps.

The Northwood bus takes you to the Museum on Central Campus.  From there it is a 5 minute walk to Mason Hall.

Ann Arbor Transit Authority offers routes throughout the city. You can find fares and plan your tip on their website.

The Spring/Summer shuttle schedule from Northwood housing to Central Campus can be found here.

Linguistic Summer Institute Van Schedule

Vans will run roughly every half hour, from the Community Center at 2150 Cram Place where Institute participants staying in Northwood pick up their keys.

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Sun., 6/23 – 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Sat., 6/29 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sun., 6/30 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Th., 7/4 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sat., 7/6 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sun., 7/7 -10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sat., 7/13 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sun. 7/14 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM


Exercise Facilities

Click here for workout facilities located on the U of M campus

1) CCRB – 401 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor
The Central Campus Recreation Building, which is called the CCRB. The CCRB is located in the same general area as our Institute classrooms, workshop, and lecture sites.

2) NCRB – 2375 Hubbard Road, Ann Arbor
The North Campus Recreation Building is located near the Northwood Community Apartments, where participants staying on-campus will be living.

3) IMSB – 606E Hoover Avenue, Ann Arbor
The Intramural Sports Building, which is called the IMSB, is located just south of Central Campus.

Institute participants will need to pay to a fee to become a member of these facilities, but membership is interchangeable; you may use any of the three during the period in which you have a valid pass. The daily, weekly, and 4-week Institute-long prices are available below. Please note, the 4-week price reflects a special discount extended to Linguistic Institute participants, so you may need to show your Institute badge, as well as your MCard, to qualify for it.

Daily pass: $10
Weekly pass: $30
4-week pass: $90 (Only available to registered Linguistic Institute participants and faculty)


Health Services Information

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During the summer the University Health Service Office is open MWTF from 8:00AM-4:30PM; Th. from 9:00AM-4:30 PM; Sat. 8:00AM-NOON; and closed Sundays.

The University Health Services health office is where you should go for minor to medium ailments: sprained ankles, colds, etc. If you plan on going to the health office, you can just walk in, but it will make the process quicker if you call ahead and make an appointment (734-936-6643).

Of course, for emergencies dial 911 and go to the University of Michigan Hospital. The health office accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Care Network.

The health office will bill outside insurance, but cannot guarantee that the insurance company will work with UHS (all normal co-pays apply). If you have any questions, call your insurance company and ask them if they work with UHS before you make an appointment (if you do this, make sure that you inquire about University Health Services at 207 Fletcher, not the University Hospital). If you do not have insurance, or it is not accepted, you may pay your bill out of pocket. They estimate that most visits cost between $50-$200. If you have any further questions about billing, call 734-764-7380.

About health insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase health insurance for the duration of your stay at the Linguistic Institute, as the Institute and the University of Michigan are not responsible for any medical costs incurred while you are here. Information about short-term health insurance is available at the link below. U-M does not endorse the health insurance provider connected to this link:


Computer and Printing Information



CTools is a learning management system that allows participants to access files, upload assignments and information, receive announcements for the class, and participate in class forums depending on how the instructor configures the site. Most classes at the Institute will make use of CTools, and this is where many of the syllabi and class resources will be located. Some instructors may use the chat or discussion features as well. Your uniqname will be entered by us into the CTools site for which you’ve registered.

To access CTools:

1. Go to

2. In the upper right-hand corner of the screen, click the button “Log In to CTools”

3. In the screen that opens, enter your UM uniqname and password.

4. Your classes should be listed in separate tabs along the top of the screen.


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Hatcher Graduate Library and Shapiro Undergraduate Library are conveniently located on the diagonal (Diag) near Mason Hall, where most of the institute courses will be held. Hatcher’s hours are 8am-12am Monday through Thursday, 8am -7pm on Friday, 10am to 6pm on Saturday, and 2pm to 12 am on Sunday. Shapiro will be open 24 hours (except for the July 4th holiday) and has group study rooms available by reservation or on a first-come/first-served basis. Shapiro also houses the Askwith Media Library which holds over 25,000 titles, including feature films, documentaries, animated films, and instructional programs.

There are a number of other libraries worth investigating for their special collections and quiet study areas.

Parking on or near Central Campus

Parking in Ann Arbor and on campus is often limited.  However, there are many structures and some street parking around campus. For more details and maps of parking areas please visit the Ann Arbor Downtown Development site or arborweb.

Parking Rates

Most structures have a rate of $1.10/hr. Some structures are $1.40/hr.  Visit the Ann Arbor Downtown Development site for a list of rates for every structure managed by the city. For a list of rates for campus structures check out the University’s parking information page.

Free Parking

On Central Campus, free parking is available during these times:

Monday-Saturday: after 6:00pm

Sunday: All Day

Parking Violations

Violations are issued if time has expired on a meter.  All violations are handled by the city of Ann Arbor.


Disability Parking

  • Guide to Disability Parking in Ann Arbor (

  • SSD’s Parking on Campus (

All the information above comes from


There are many taxicab companies in Ann Arbor, and  Ann Arbor Convention Visitors Bureau’s has compiled the following list. No endorsement or recommendation of any company is implied. Any mentioned companies are provided merely as an information resource.

#1 Airport Blue Limo 1-877-389-7332

#1 Ann Arbor/Detroit Metro Airport Shuttle (734) 507-9220

A-1 Airport Cars 1-877-276-1335, 734-642-0010

A Cab and Treetown Transportation (734) 213-1100

Aaron’s Big House Taxi (734) 761-1111

Across Town Cab (734) 216-5932

All Points Taxi (734) 678-4412

Amazing Blue Taxi (734) 846-0007

Ann Arbor Cab (734) 272-8009

Ann Arbor Taxi (734) 214-9999

Argus Cab Company (734) 944-3094, (734) 741-9000

Blue Cab Co. (734) 547-2222

Campus Cab (734) 444-5354

Custom Transit (734) 971-5555

Michigan Green Cab (877) 476-8294

Reliable Taxi (734) 637-6130

University Taxi (734) 368-4800

Veteran’s Cab (734) 662-4477

Yellow Cab (734) 663-3355

Local Restaurants Offering Discounts to Institute Participants


Biggby Coffee

539 East Liberty Street

Description: coffee shop

Discount: $1 off or buy one get one free on any GRANDE or SUPER speciality beverage (this excludes brew coffee, teas, or lemonades)


The Blue Leprechaun

1220 S University Ave

Description: American/Irish-style restaurant and sports bar

Discount: 20% off food


The Brown Jug

1204 South University Avenue

Description: American-style restaurant and bar

Discount: 10% off food


The Glass Box Cafe

1335 South University Ave

Description: Artisan coffee shop, also sells raw juices

Discount: 15% off


La Marsa

301 South State Street

Description: Middle Eastern restaurant and raw juices

Discount: 15% off


Momo Tea

1213 South University Avenue

Description: a “traditional Taiwanese Tea House,” with bubble tea and Taiwanese food

Discount: 15% off for any drink per purchase, cash only


New York Pizza Depot

605 E. William Street

Description: Pizza and Italian cuisine

Discount: 15% off



1104 South University Avenue

Description: a Middle-Eastern cafe

Discount: Free soup or free salad with meal purchase


Pita Pit

615 East University Avenue

Description: a build-it-yourself (think Subway) pita restaurant

Discount: 15% off


Pizza House

618 Church Street

Description: a sit-down restaurant with pizza and pasta

Discount: see coupon

Ray’s Red Hots

629 East University Avenue

Description: American-style food, including hot dogs and burgers

Discount: 94 cent 100%-black Angus beef or turkey dogs, served with ketchup, mustard, onions and sweet relish.  The dogs are also available in the “$5 special,” in which the toppings are unlimited and the dog is served with a half-pound of fries or homemade potato chips and a fountain or canned soda.


Rendezvous Cafe

1110 South University Avenue

Description: a combination of Middle-Eastern food and French food. Serves crepes and pastries, as well as salads, sandwiches, and raw juices.

Discount: Free soup or free salad with meal purchase



619 East University Avenue

Description: a cafe with sandwiches, salads and pastries

Discount: 15% off



1321 South University Avenue

Description: a Japanese restaurant

Discount: 10% discount for lunch only for meals priced at a minimum of $10.00


Silvio’s Organic Pizza

715 North University Avenue

Description: a local pizzeria with organic ingredients


Breakfast:  10:00-11:30

Croissant or bomba plus cappuccino  $3.50

Frittata with no bread plus a fountain drink or organic steaz $8.50

Lunch  11:30-4:00

2 slices of pizza plus fountain drink $6.50

Dinner  6:00-11:00

1/2 pasta, 1/2 salad and fountain drink $10.99

16″ cheese, sauce and one topping plus one pitcher of beer $27

Any of the homemade pastas and 1/2 salad  $2 off


South University Pizza

1104 South University Avenue

Description: a small pizza place

Discount: 10″ pizza with 2 toppings and soft drink for $4.99



510 East Liberty Street

Description: Chinese cuisine and bubble tea

Discount: 10% off a $10/person charge

Yoggies Frozen Yogurt

535 East Liberty Street

Description: frozen yogurt

Discount: 15% off